Let authors know how many people reached which page, (and in doing so, which page did players stop playing from). Storygames have a unique advantage over traditional books in the sense that they can record player metadata. If an author can see that a large number of players dropped off at a specific point (e.g. an unfairly difficult puzzle) it can help them improve their games. As of now the only data available is number of times the game was opened, and number of times someone submitted a rating. Both data points are appreciated, but really not as helpful as something like page-wise analysis
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Nah, I could do this with the database, I think. No cookies necessary. This is a cool idea. Can anyone think of any reason not to make it publicly available instead of just to the author?
Once again, let's not assume all players are members who are able to save games upfront. It'd be interesting to see how many players (including non-registered members) jumped off at a certain point
Also, authors have no access to where people are saving their games.
For now, inaccurate data > no data. We can refine the model later
What's the advantage of seeing savegames publicly? Say, if I know you have three savegames in Magellan 1, 2, and 3 how does that help me as an author who want to write a specific genre?
That's fair, however I'd argue that games using items are a subset of the larger number of games not using items. It'd be nice to know who jumped off where, games using items perhaps could be solved for later as this system matures?
I experimented with something similar last year that sort of worked, and let me track ~30-40 decisions in a 7 or 8 digit number. I'm not sure how high scores go, but it would scale up with longer numbers. Any kind of backtracking would break it though. I'd also only see the number if someone left a comment, which most people don't. It took way too much time to set up for something that was only a curiosity, so I scrapped the idea and decided it only made sense to track endings.
With all that said, I would really enjoy this idea and would definitely make use of it.
Thanks! If it wouldn't be too much to ask, along with a page hit counter, would it also be possible to have a link tree for playthroughs, basically showing which links were clicked in which order (bonus points if we can also see how long they were on each page)? Again, the goal is to give more power to authors to learn them learn from their readers' behavior (the way Kindle currently helps authors, they even keep a meta track of how many people highlighted what text, but that's not relevant for us). The one advantage real life authors currently have over us is that they can see a person who's reading their book IRL and gauge their expressions and interest. Ours being an online medium, we don't have that ability, but analytics would help us get a good proxy through data.